Sisyrinchium campestre E.P.Bicknell  
Family: Iridaceae
prairie blue-eyed-grass
[Sisyrinchium campestre f. flaviflorum E.P.Bicknell, Sisyrinchium campestre var. campestre E.P.Bicknell, Sisyrinchium campestre var. kansanum E.P.Bicknell, Sisyrinchium flaviflorum E.P.Bicknell, Sisyrinchium kansanum (E.P.Bicknell) Alexander]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Sisyrinchium: Greek sys for pig; rynchos for snout; referring to a pig grubbing the roots for food
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb, pale green, smooth, lightening when dry to a yellow-green or olive; stems distinctly winged, not wiry, up to 1/8" wide, unbranched
Leaves: narrow, almost as wide as the stems, smooth
Flowers: white to pale blue, 6-parted, 1/2" - 1" wide, tepal bases yellow, tips rounded to notched with a sharp point; inflorescence of 1 cluster near the top of the stem surrounded by usually stalkless, green to purplish spathes that are usually not connected at the base, outer sheath 3/4"-2" long; blooms May-July
Fruits: small, roundish, light to dark brown capsule
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; meadows, prairies, open woods
Conservation Status: Native
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Merel R. Black  
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Merel R. Black  
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Christopher Noll  
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Aaron Carlson  
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